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School begins after summer of fun

Blair Branch

Hello all! I hope this finds each of you doing just dandy. Michael, the boys, and I are all healthy and happy.

Being klutzy me, I cut my finger pretty bad on July 31 (which was Opal’s birthday), while washing dishes. Apparently the glass already had a crack in it, because when I started to wash it, it broke and sliced my finger pretty deep. Michael had to take me to the ER and thankfully Mom and Dad, Allen and Sylvania Whitaker, were able to keep the kids.

Daddy laughed and said for me to put some black tape on it and it would be fine. That’s his solution to everything.

We were able to get in out of the ER in a decent amount of time. They decided to glue it and put Steri-Strips on over top of the glue. As my luck would have it, by the next day the strips, glue, and all had come off.

I went back the following day to let them check for signs of infection as directed and they reapplied the strips, but again they were off before the night was over.

These things only happen to me. In all seriousness, I think it had to do with the location of the cut. Every time I moved my hand, it pulled them loose. I’ve bandaged it with countless Band-Aids and it is finally starting to heal up, thank God. I probably should have just taken Dad’s advice and wrapped the thing up with black tape.

All the glasses that belong to that particular set have been removed from our home. I’m not taking any more chances.

We celebrated the boys’ birthdays with a party on July 27 in the kitchen at the Dixon Memorial Old Regular Baptist Church. We had originally planned to have it at our house, but it stormed all day long and then came what seemed to be a monsoon right before the party. We had to relocate at the last minute.

The rain was disappointing, but it all turned out fine in the end. Fun was had and bellies were filled. Thanks to everyone who braved the weather to be with us. We love each and every one of you.

Our home school year started back on Monday, Aug. 4. It was rough getting back in the swing of things after a summer of fun, but we managed to survive the full week without too much complaining.

I hope all the kids, those home schooled and those in public school have a wonderful year. Work hard and strive to be the best that you can be.

Deidra, Kylee, and Brantlee Gibson spent a week and a half with Missy and Wayne Fields. I know that Missy and Wayne were over the moon to have Dee and the grandbabies home, even if it was for a short time. I know I was.

I love those little ones as if they were my own. It was sad for all of us to see them leave, but we are thankful they have made it back to their home in Madisonville safely.

The annual Halcomb- Blair family reunion was held the first Saturday in August at the Cowan Community Center. We didn’t have as big a turnout as we usually do. However, we still had a very nice time. We enjoyed each other’s company and definitely ate too much.

I was thrilled that Mom’s sister and brother Kitty ( Florence Emmons) and Steve Blair were able to come in from Indiana, and her sister Mary from Tennessee. We don’t get to see them very often. It is sad to see the photos on our memory table multiply each year. With each family member that passes away, fewer and fewer of their offspring show up to the reunion. We certainly missed each of you that were unable to attend. Many thanks to those who helped set up or clean up, cooked a dish, made a donation for rent, or just came to be with us. We love you all.

The Adams, Thompson, Blair reunion was also held the first weekend in August. Michael, the boys, and I attended. It is always nice to catch up with extended family that you haven’t seen since the year before.

Blair Branch lost two of its residents recently, Della Blair and Beverly Adams. That is just too much loss in such a short amount of time. Please continue to pray for the families in their time of need.

Evangene Adams has been sick. It was my understanding that he is at the nursing home for some physical therapy. I hope that he is well enough to come home very soon. We are praying for you and Arizona.

Charlene Halcomb, Ryan Phillips, and Robbie Williams celebrated their birthdays on Aug. 6; Kenneth Hensley, Aug. 8; Jayane Lynch, Aug. 11; and Wayne Watts, Aug. 12.

My oldest son, Bailey McKenzie will celebrate his 13th birthday on Aug. 21.

Happy birthday to each of you. I hope your special day is filled with all the love and laughter in the world.

Fourteen years ago on Aug. 13, I said “I do!” with Michael, the love of my life. I am very blessed. I’d do it all over again, in a heartbeat. Happy anniversary, hon!

Allen and Jessica Jent will celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary on August 15. Congratulations, y’all. I wish you many more healthy and happy years together.

There will be a memorial and reunion at the Johnny Blair-Henry Adams Cemetery on the left-hand fork of Blair Branch on Sunday, Aug. 31. Church will begin at 9:30 am. There will be a potluck dinner and reunion immediately following. Lovell Blair and Ila Adams are the surviving children of Johnny and Polly Blair. They and their families host the get-together. Come out and share your family memories. You are sure to hear the gospel, have a full stomach, and a thoroughly enjoy yourself. Maybe we will even play a few games of washers.

If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will be glad you get you next time. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week.

If you would like to contact me, feel free to give me a call or you may email me at alanacouch@hotmail.com.



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